Manitoba NDP Caucus Seeks Transparency, Accountability from Premier

Manitoba’s Official Opposition is asking the Attorney General to refer the Premier’s failure to make full and accurate disclosures under the Conflict of Interest Act to the Court of Queen’s Bench, Justice and Human Rights critic Andrew Swan said today.

Under the Conflict of Interest Act, each member of the Legislature is required to file a simple conflict of interest form annually to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly’s office. This includes declaring holdings in any corporation, anywhere in the world.

The Premier has failed to declare at least two corporations that he owns. He has never filed a written opinion from the Conflict of Interest Commissioner that would indicate how, or why, disclosure of these corporations is not required.

The failure by a member of the Legislature to disclose assets is a serious matter. We are asking for the matter to be sent to the Court of Queen’s Bench, for a Judge to review.

“The Premier campaigned on a promise of open and transparent government,” said Swan, “but it’s clear that he doesn’t believe those measures apply to his own conduct.”